The Monster Project 2.0
A Swanson Elementary School Production

Art Teacher: Esther Wu-McGuire
November 9 – December 7, 2018

Celebrate the work of Swanson Elementary School fourth grade artists! Inspired by the ink blot art of Stefan Bucher and under the direction of Swanson art teacher Esther Wu-McGuire, students created their own monsters with a story to tell.

Veterans in Focus: “Exploring the Milwaukee Community through Photography"
July 26 – August 8, 2018

The Zablocki VAMC Veterans Photography Group was offered through the Recreation Therapy program to Veterans receiving treatment in the HUD/VASH (Housing Urban Development/Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) and Mental Health programs. Participants in VA’s photography group learned how to use the techniques of photography such as lighting, framing, subject matter, and composition to help them capture images in the community. The group started off by taking pictures of the grounds of the VA and then went into the community to various places including: Washington Park, Kaszubes Park, Jones Island, Lake Front-South Shore, US Bank Building-Top Floor, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Some of the Veterans also included pictures of other images they captured on their own. 
Why Photography: The use of photography provided Veterans with mental and/or physical health disorders (e.g. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Use Disorder/Addictions, Obesity, Chronic Pain, Social Isolation, etc.) to experience many therapeutic benefits including: increased knowledge and exploration of various community sites new to them; improved focus and attention; decreased stress, increased self-esteem and confidence, sense of personal accomplishment, decreased social isolation and improved social skills, and acquisition of healthy leisure skills. 

This exhibition is curated by Courtney Zeller, C.T.R.S. Certified Therapeutic Recreation & Brianna Mueller, Recreation Therapy Intern, with special thanks to Elmbrook Rotary for their support and to Anita Burgermeister and Tim Holte for their time as volunteers and for offering their art expertise.

KM Perform: Senior Show
May 22-31, 2018

The graduating class of 2018 from Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance is hosting an art show as their senior project. As the Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance is a school focused on individualized and interdisciplinary learning, each of the students have an artistic focus in addition to their normal academic work. The focuses in KM Perform include art, music, writing, and theater. The students are often given the ability to integrate their art into their academic work, leading to an open and creative environment that encourages exploration and self-motivated learning. In order to graduate, all students must create a body of work personal to them and their specific art as a final project. These art focused student portfolios of work are the culmination of the time spent at the Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance and demonstrate the artistic skills that the students have developed. Each body of work is planned by the students during their junior year, and presented to a community panel before it is allowed to be finalized and worked on during their senior year. The art being shown is the final portfolio work of the senior visual art focus; students that have taken four years of visual art courses in addition to their academic work.